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There were conflicting reports about the naming of Ramallah. In the Torah, it was known as Ramathaim Tsophim, while Josephus mentioned it as Fikola, and some say Gilvat Elohim. Archeologists have proven the invalidity of such names because the places that were attributed to the kings, such as Kings Samuel and Shaul, are different from the current city.

However, there are explanations that are closer to certainty, since the word Ram signifies an elevated area, and it is a Canaanite word that is used widely in various locations in Palestine. The Arabs added the word 'Allah’ so it became Ramallah. The Crusaders knew the city by that name. Yet, historically, it is a historical fact that an Arab tribe arrived in the late sixteenth century and inhabited a village or a forested area named Ramallah.